Wiley Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
236 Reviews
3.0
236 Reviews
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Wiley President and CEO Stephen M. Smith
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Pros
  • They also have a pretty good overall corporate culture and promote work/life balance for employees (in 36 reviews)

  • Very supportive of employees with good benefits and flexible working hours and locations (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Hardly any room for advancement as there are too many people who never left the company (in 9 reviews)

  • there were more staff in senior management than working staff (in 10 reviews)

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    It used to be the "Place to be."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wiley full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Decent pay, great benefits, excellent time off, good work/life balance. Great colleagues, and a general friendly environment. Decent severance package. For eight years, this was a great place to work.

    Cons

    I listed decent severance package as a pro, because they are giving out more and more of those to their employees. They seem to be taking outsourcing to a new level, eliminating loyal employees while increasing the number of VP positions in every area of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop outsourcing everything. This used to be a great company to work for, but colleagues come in every day wondering when the ax is going to fall in their department, or when it will fall again. I would predict that within 5 years, you will re-hire much of what you have outsourced back into the company fold.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    A company in the midst of change

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Hoboken, NJ
    Former Employee - Director in Hoboken, NJ

    I worked at Wiley full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits - best I ever had. Excellent medical coverage and lots of paid time off.

    Cons

    In an ever-changing publishing world, trying to figure out future strategy. Confusing culture - used to have a strong "Wiley family" presence, but now - like most publishing companies - is just focused on the bottom line.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Super benefits, low-pressure environment — but clique-ish and hard to advance

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    Former Employee - Interim Editor  in  Hoboken, NJ
    Former Employee - Interim Editor in Hoboken, NJ

    I worked at Wiley as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    You can't beat the work-life balance, as many have stated. A typical shift might be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and many people are able to create work-at-home arrangements. "The place to be" if you're willing to sit in the same job for years w/o opportunity for advancement — unless you fit a particularly narrow set of circumstances.

    Cons

    Difficult to work across departments. Slow to respond to market changes in many instances, despite layers of bureaucracy, tons of data collection and meetings ad nauseam.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people, tough industry

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Wiley full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people are great, the product is great. They recognize good employees and you can earn your spot if you work towards your goals.

    Cons

    The "For Dummies" series is a money maker, but it feels slightly embarrassing to have them be the marque product. And Hoboken.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher pay!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fasten your seatbelts, this rocket is skyward bound!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wiley full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Wiley is seeing explosive growth in the digital media/eLearning spaces. Some key acquisitions (Inscape, CrossKnowledge, Deltak, etc.) are making an outsized impact for the positive. The workplace learning/talent solutions teams are the place to be. The benefits are great, the salaries are solid, and the atmosphere is one of shared energy and team collaboration. HR is promoting personal development plans for growth/advancement and we're hiring on a constant basis.

    Cons

    Some of the "old time" bureaucracy that comes along with the (frankly, old fashioned) print business. It's not a surprise the print groups are seeing layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's almost a tale of two companies. If you're in the new social media, workplace learning, digital content and tech landscapes, the times are great and you know it's only getting better. On the other hand, I hope we're not losing some good folks out of the old businesses that could work in the new culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    In a state of flux, but the leadership seems focused

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    Current Employee - Production Editor  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Production Editor in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Wiley full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Nice benefits package, good work/life balance culture, possibilities for telecommuting, managers offer clear vision of the expectations and goals.

    Cons

    Workforce disruption, leading to numerous departures of talent, both self-directed and company-directed. Upper management seems to either not care or fails to convey future strategy to employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less lip service and provide a clearer path to the road ahead, rather than react with words after job cutting.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Fair to employees and focused on delivering quality products

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    Current Employee - Executive Editor  in  Hoboken, NJ
    Current Employee - Executive Editor in Hoboken, NJ

    I have been working at Wiley full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There is a focus on quality that is not seen at some of the competitors. The company is trying to grow in new product offerings and developing areas of scientific research in which it hasn't previously competed.

    Cons

    Red tape and management approval of Everything just gets in the way. The company has a desire to innovate and change, but the process seems to always get slowed down by something.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company to work for

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wiley

    Pros

    Great benefits and flexibility, good people to work with, and a company that values high quality products.

    Cons

    The outsourcing is definitely getting to be a problem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Career development needs to be improved.

  10.  

    Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Wiley full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good people trying really hard to do what is best for company

    Cons

    recent management and strategy changes have rocked the company and it is stil trying to find its footing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great coworkers, too much bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Hoboken, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hoboken, NJ

    I have been working at Wiley full-time

    Pros

    People are Wiley's best assets: hard working, friendly, down-to-earth people. The Hoboken office location is in perfect proximity to NYC and NJ suburbs. Internal promotion and compensation is very fair, as far as publishing companies go. Layoffs are a sensitive process, but Wiley was very fair and gave people considerable notice before they were expected to leave the company.

    Cons

    Change and the accompanying turmoil is not being handled well. The publishing industry as a whole is trying to reinvent itself, and Wiley is, too, but with lots of starts and stops and unfulfilled promises to its employees. The attempt to eliminate unnecessary bureaucracy resulted in increased bureaucracy, outsourcing IT has resulted in spamming of the entire company every time something breaks, and internal data integrity is as bad as ever . . . all of which makes folks question who is really managing the change at this company and where Wiley is headed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you make promises to your staff, fulfill them. Quickly. Otherwise people will doubt you and morale (and consequent efficiency, innovation, etc.) will suffer.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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